Phyllis Schlafly

Just follow the money," Caddell reminded us, commenting on the hundreds of millions of dollars this group spent while losing most of their so-called "moderate" candidates. Despite losing with their candidates, wasting so much donors' money and being so well-paid for zero results, the same Establishment strategists have the impudence to tell us we should hire them to reform the Republican Party.

The Autopsy stated solemnly that a "healthy debate of ideas is fundamentally good for the Republican Party." Agreed. But the Establishment is always determined to suppress all debate or discussion of social, moral or national security ideas by Republican candidates.

The Autopsy even gave the back of its hand to Republican hero Ronald Reagan, implying that he is now ancient history. But Reagan gave us a model of defeating the Establishment candidate, George H. W. Bush, in 1980, and then going on to win two spectacular national elections, and roughly half of today's electorate was old enough to vote for Reagan in 1984.

The most insufferable part of the Autopsy is the way these losing Republican strategists presume to tell us that the way to attract new voters is to embrace comprehensive immigration of Hispanics. All available evidence shows that endorsing any form of amnesty, or legislating any part of it, will produce votes for Democrats, not Republicans.

The Autopsy recommends a bunch of changes in party rules, all of which would make it harder for grassroots candidate to compete against moneyed Establishment candidates. The Autopsy fails to recognize early voting as a major factor that produced Democratic votes and presents no plan to encourage state legislatures to eliminate or reduce it even though Republicans control half the state legislatures.

The Autopsy wants the Establishment to "become much more intentional about candidate recruitment," especially by working with state parties to identify candidates for local office, such as mayor, county commission and city council. The national party has a lot to do without butting into local elections.

The Autopsy fails to encourage a commitment to traditional Republican principles, such as marriage and military superiority, which are all clearly enunciated in the national Republican Platform adopted in Tampa last year. Some have forgotten that Ronald Reagan advised us to run on a platform of "bold colors with no pastel shades."

Phyllis Schlafly

Phyllis Schlafly is a national leader of the pro-family movement, a nationally syndicated columnist and author of Feminist Fantasies.
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